Ah January you are here again, it just seems as though we saw you not long ago. With a new year brings the thought of new beginnings and reflection on the year that has ended. I find that Christmas is such a wonderful way to end a year. The Christmas spirit that envelopes our community at this time is truly wondrous!
There are so many examples of this here at KDHS, from the more intimate person to person moments, to the activities such as our Sing’n Seniors singing both traditional and non-traditional carols and sharing their gift of music throughout the community. There have also been laughter and good wishes heard at the various activities as well as lots of delicious goodies being shared. The Diners’ Club celebrated here at the Centre and with our larger Christmas dinner at the United Church, such memorable times with great company, delicious food and festive music. The comments that I have heard in the past few weeks have been so glowing with commendations of how much they enjoyed Christmas. And, this is all due to volunteers who give so freely of their time to help others!
2016 was our 35th year of providing service in the community, and it was an exciting year! We have had so many wonderful people show up to help out. From those volunteering in providing services such as Meals on Wheels, transportation and in the office, to those that come in to support with special projects such as our annual BBQ Picnic in June, working on committees, helping with the new phone lines, and for the kind words and notes of support and encouragement, you absolutely make a difference
In July we kicked off our campaign to raise $35,000 for the renovation of the Activity Room, and I’m so very excited to report that we have raised $32,137 so far, leaving only $2,863! And this is over and above the donations to our regular programs. Each year we have to raise over $56,000 and have been able to continue providing services with thanks to the donations from individuals, service clubs, and businesses. My wholehearted thanks go out to each and every one of you for your support of, and confidence in, Kemptville & District Home Support. KDHSI is truly a community organization!
In looking ahead in 2017 we are really excited about our 1st Annual Big Band Dance. ‘The Jive Wires’ are a 7-piece Big Band and have a wonderful repertoire of music. I’m looking forward to the evening with North Grenville Times David Shanahan as our Master of Ceremonies! Come and be transported back in time to an era of live music and nights out on the town.
Thank you everyone for your generosity of spirit. You continue to make a difference for others! Sir Winston Churchill expressed it best: “There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people.”
Happy New Year!
Susan Smith, Executive Director
Kemptville & District Home Support